White Pine Scenic Byway

Passing through the towering forests of Idaho’s historic timber country, the White Pine Scenic Byway takes road trippers through marshland spotted with lakes fed by the lower Coeur d’Alene River before crossing the picturesque St. Maries and St. Joe rivers. Dive into the history of Coeur d’ Alene’s Old Mission State Park, where the 19th-century Cataldo Mission stands, and the town of Potlatch, once home to the world’s largest white pine mill.


80 miles
129 km

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1 hour,
38 minutes

When to Visit


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Road Trip Tips

Turn-by-Turn Directions: From the junction of Interstate 90 and Idaho 3, head south on Idaho 3 to Idaho 6, then southwest to U.S. 95 at Potlatch.

Road Conditions: Check conditions before traveling in the winter. Avalanche conditions exist in the Banner Summit area, and road closures may occur.

Full Services in: St. Maries

Partial Services in: Potlatch

Motorcycle Route: Yes

Full Services: When gas, food and lodging are available

Partial Services: When gas and a few other facilities are available

Nearby Adventures

The White Pine Scenic Byway fuses history and natural wonder around every bend. Visit historic sites that focus on logging and the area’s rich past. Enjoy camping, hiking and fishing along the route and biking the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes.

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Travel Tips

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